I love poppies. I have never had luck growing them, so I paint them instead.
Today’s painting is an 18 x 24 inch oil of cactus blooms!
I love color. I’m constantly thinking about color. I think about how to make it brighter and more vivid. I think about how to juxtapose it so that it screams or whispers. I think about the emotion that different colors stir. The strange thing about color is that it is an illusion. We construct it in our mind. That kinda freaks me out. I wonder what is really there that I can’t see. I love mystery! Anyway, here is another colorful painting (in my head anyway) of what I imagine to be a crowd of red poppies in a natural amphitheater.
For the last year, I have been doing monthly, on-line lessons with Nancy Medina. I am almost at the end. This is lesson 11, white daisies and a cute little bee. That bee was hard! I scraped him off eight or nine times. Who would have thunk a little bee could take me hours to do? The daisies just kinda flowed along, no problem, but that bee! He gave me problems. The good news is that I finally got it down and had plenty of bee painting practice in the process.
The more I stare at this, the more I like it. Sometimes, it takes me a few days to really appreciate what I’ve painted. I know the difference between what I had in mind and what my hand decided to do. This was inspired by a monthly lesson I do with Nancy Medina of white lilies.
Today in art class, the girls made splattered drinking glasses using inexpensive glasses, Folk Art enamel paint and tooth brushes. The clear splattered glasses are apparently fancy, juice drinking glasses that the girls plan on keeping for themselves. Kaeleigh and Maddie each painted 3 or 4 glasses in two hours. They are planning on using the remainder for gifts this holiday season. A really nice thing about this project is that the kids have something they can use! Plus, kids love to splatter paint and moms like pretty glasses. These glasses are top rack dishwasher safe once baked or air cured for 21 days according to directions.